Described as volcanic and a spontaneous force of nature with the unfailing ability to leave audiences breathless, Tony and Emmy Award Winner LaChanze has entered a beautiful phase in her life with much happiness and continuing to reach great new heights!
Excited to share her zest for all things life and happiness, the gifted performer will take to concert stages with her electric and highly anticipated national tour Feeling Good. The concert series is preceded by the release of her EP of the same name. Feeling Good will give audiences and listeners a peek into her life through song with original material as well as musical highlights from her career. Her upcoming memoir Feeling Good will be published by Scholastic later this year.
With a long list of accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Hailed by the New York Times as “magnetic,” LaChanze theatre credits are vast, including The Color Purple (2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Lady in Musical), Once On This Island (nominations, Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle), Ragtime, Company, Uptown It’s Hot and If/Then. Some of her Off-Broadway credits include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Drama Desk nomination), Dessa Rose (Obie Award), Inked Baby, Spunk, and From the Mississippi Delta.
The winsome Broadway star also has dazzled in the land of television and film. Always ready to deftly deliver the goods, she has flex her acting muscles in the award-winning film The Help, Side Effects, Heartbreak Hotel, For Love or Money, Leap of Faith and My New Gun. On television, she has appeared in the award-winning HBO special The Night Of, Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, Lucy, Sex and the City, One Life to Live, Hercules, The Cosby Show, The Cosby Mysteries, New York Undercover and Heartbreak Hotel. She has the honor of appearing in the PBS special and cast album of Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise (for which she earned the covenant Emmy Award) for her performance.
Not one to rest on her laurels, LaChanze is the author of Little Diva (with illustrations by Brian Pinkey). Released in May 2010, Little Diva offers a realistic and endearing view of a little girl’s dream of taking to the stage like her mother, a Broadway star.
LaChanze resides in New York with her two daughters.